A trio of new women’s bouts have been announced for upcoming events. Here are the battles, together with my initial thoughts on them.
Emily Whitmire vs. Amanda Ribas, UFC on ESPN 3
An intriguing women’s strawweight bout between Emily Whitmire and Amanda Ribas has been scheduled for UFC on ESPN 3, occurring June 29 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Combate broke the information. Whitmire (4-2) is 2-1 in the UFC and lately needed just 61 minutes to submit Aleksandra Albu in a breakout performance that place a UFC women’s strawweight record for fastest submission win. Ribas (6-1) was recently cleared by USADA after sitting out two years because of a tainted supplement and will seem to jump back to the win column for the first time because 2016. Given the very long layoff for Ribas and the current success of Whitmire within the Octagon, look for Whitmire to be a solid betting favorite heading into this bout.
Angela Hill vs. Yan Xiaonan, UFC 238
Due to an injury to Wu Yanan, Angela Hill has agreed to step up on short notice if she takes on Yan Xiaonan at UFC 238, that can be set for June 8 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. ESPN broke the information. Hill (9-6) recently picked up a decision win over Jodie Esquibel to snap a two-fight win streak and will fight less than six months afterwards here against Xiaonan. It has been a busy start to 2019 for Hill, who will be fighting for the third time in four weeks should she make it into this particular fight. Overall Hill is 4-6 in the Octagon in two different stints with the promotion. Xiaonan (10-1, 1 NC) is riding a nine-fight unbeaten series and is 3-0 complete in the UFC with three of her wins coming from decision. This ought to be a competitive fight but given the level of competition she’s fought and how active she has been so far in 2019, expect Hill to be preferred in this one.
Claudia Gadelha vs. Randa Markos, UFC 239
Two of the best female strawweights in the world at place to meet UFC 239 as Claudia Gadelha matches Randa Markos. The card occurs July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gadelha (16-4) is astonishingly just 6-4 in the UFC and is coming from a sudden decision reduction to Nina Ansaroff. Once one of the most stressed women’s strawweights on the UFC roster, Gadelha has struggled in the last few years and seems to be on the decline at age 30 as all the wars she’s been have caught around her. Markos (9-6, 1 NC) is 5-5-1 from the UFC and recently picked up arguably her most impressive win yet, a first-round submission success over Angela Hill. Markos has battled consistency problems inside the Octagon and has to stand up a win streak of more than 1 fight in a row, however, the victory over Hill might be a sign that she’s finally figured out things. Contemplating Gadelha always gets lots of respect from bettors I do expect her to be preferred here, but Markos is a live dog in this fight.
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